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July 2014

New York Times (July 9)

In Small Trials, 2 Drugs Go Far in Soothing Symptoms of Eczema and Psoriasis

doctor examining patient's armNew drugs that block highly specific parts of the immune system are showing remarkable promise in treating two maddening skin diseases, eczema and psoriasis, according to papers published Wednesday in a leading medical journal. In four small studies, an experimental drug being developed by Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals brought about a marked and rapid improvement in symptoms of eczema, including the telltale incessant itching, the researchers reported. "What is exciting is there is now the hope of a therapy that so far looks very efficacious and so far looks quite safe, very safe in fact," said Dr. Lisa A. Beck, a professor of dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

(Also reported in: StreetInsider.com, Newsday )

National Public Radio (July 28)

People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer

older woman reading to kidsWe know that happiness and social connection can have positive benefits on health. Now research suggests that having a sense of purpose or direction in life may also be beneficial. Hill and his colleague Nicholas Turiano of the University of Rochester Medical Center looked to see how more than 6,000 people answered questions like "Some people wander aimlessly through life, but I am not one of them," and other questions that gauged positive and negative emotions. They found that 14 years after those questions were asked, people who had reported a greater sense of purpose and direction in life were more likely to outlive their peers.

The Washington Post (July 16)

Why building relationships is vital in school reform

people by school busIs it possible that some school reforms that hold promise are failing because educators are simply not given the time or resources to communicate and build meaningful relationships with each other in order to properly implement them? Or because the conditions in which they do their work do not support productive interactions? The authors of the following post, Kara S. Finnigan and Alan J. Daly, explain research they have done that underscores the importance of the relational element in reform, and they draw on social network research as a way to highlight the importance of relationships as conduits through which valued resources flow and can bring about system wide change. Finnigan is an associate professor at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester, and Daly is a professor and chair of Education Studies at the University of California San Diego.

Opera News (July 23)

And Now for Something Completely Different

woman singing operaThe Lotte Lenya Competition asks singers to do the impossible. And why not? Musical theater, whether on an operatic or a Broadway stage, is an impossible construct, a teetering musical mass levitated by artistry, energy and alchemy. While other vocal competitions just ask singers to sing, the Lenya Competition asks its contestants to create their own one-person musical narrative out of found materials and make us believe that it is all true. On Saturday, April 12, from eleven o'clock in the morning until well after ten at night, the finals of the Lenya Competition, 2014 edition, ground through fourteen capaciously gifted young performers in the wood-paneled precincts of the Eastman School of Music's Kilbourn Hall up in Rochester, New York.

Rochester Business Journal (July 1)

UR, Midtown Tower get millions in funding

people looking at massive computer screensA University of Rochester project on the use of computers for health research has won $5 million in state economic development funds. The grant was one of 11 state investments totaling $22 million announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday. The university is partnering with IBM on the supercomputer project, known as the Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation.

(Also reported in: Newsday, Wall Street Journal, Rochester Business Journal, WXXI News, Finger Lakes Times )

Art in America Magazine (July 10)

Jonathan Binstock Named Director of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery

man at podiumJonathan Binstock has been named director of the Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester, N.Y. He succeeds Grant Holcomb, who retired this month after a nearly 29-year tenure. Binstock will be the museum's seventh director.

(Also reported in: Rochester Business Journal, Rochester City Newspaper )

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (July 11)

The science factory

laser laboratory
University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics
is working on it. Like the space race of the 1960s, nations are trying to solve the problem of generating energy without continuing to endanger the planet. Funded mostly by the U.S. Department of Energy to the tune of $70 million a year, more than 300 scientists and engineers shoot the lab's two giant lasers dozens of times each week in various experiments they design, or for researchers who travel from around the country and even other countries.

Businessweek (July 30)

Who Wants to Go to Business School in the Sticks?

Business schools that aren’t highly ranked and are in smaller cities feel a squeeze because fewer American students are taking the Graduate Management Admission Test, and they have a wider range of B-school choices, says Andrew Ainslie, dean of University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business. “We have demand dropping, supply increasing, so something’s got to happen. What no one wants to do is exit,” Ainslie says. “I think as a result that [lower-tier and small-town business schools are] getting a little desperate, and they’re doing some pretty strange things. I think that’s useful for the entire marketplace, because some of those experiments will work.”

Washington Post (July 12)

Women wearing red are viewed as more sexually threatening by other women

Wearing red doesn't only draw attention from members of the opposite sex, it can provoke sexual rivalry in women, researchers say. A new study claims that a woman wearing red sets off "mate-guard" impulses in other women, and that a woman is less likely to introduce a woman wearing red to her boyfriend or spouse. "Certain colors may affect how people perceive us," said Adam Pazda, a researcher at the University of Rochester, who collaborated with researchers from Trnava University in Slovakia and the Slovak Academy of Sciences on the study, published Friday in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. "It's very useful to know what messages you're sending off."

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WHEC TV NBC 10 Rochester (July 18)

U of R scientists awarded $9 million to study immune system in action

A nine million dollar grant could help University of Rochester researchers find better ways to treat cancer and HIV. The money from the National Institutes of Health will focus on immune system research. During the five year study, a team will examine images of immune system cells and see how they respond to inflammation and infection in mice.

New York Times (July 18)

Love People, Not Pleasure

In 2009, researchers from the University of Rochester conducted a study tracking the success of 147 recent graduates in reaching their stated goals after graduation. Some had "intrinsic" goals, such as deep, enduring relationships. Others had "extrinsic" goals, such as achieving reputation or fame. The scholars found that intrinsic goals were associated with happier lives. But the people who pursued extrinsic goals experienced more negative emotions, such as shame and fear. They even suffered more physical maladies.This is one of the cruelest ironies in life.

Business Week (July 25)

International Students Struggle to Turn MBAs Into U.S. Jobs

Students from abroad who study at U.S. business schools often struggle when it’s time to land a job. Increasingly, B-schools set aside resources to help this group overcome a pair of career obstacles: the difficulty of getting legal permission to work in the U.S. and cultural differences that can make navigating the American job market difficult. In 2012, around 13 percent of the 472,000 students enrolled in U.S. business schools were from other countries, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Schools have a lot of reasons to love foreign students. For one thing, they’re likely to pay the full cost of nonresident tuition, since they’re generally not eligible for federal aid. “International students are a terrific resource: They are independent and bring a lot to our program,” says Karen Dowd, assistant dean of career management at Simon Business School at the University of Rochester.

Chicago Tribune (July 24)

Dr. Oz, it's time to heal thyself

Has Dr. Oz jumped the shark? With millions of television viewers and disciples, he is unquestionably the most popular physician in the U.S., if not the world. But because his medical commentaries have begun dabbling into the realm of unproven natural medicines, nostrums and occasionally homeopathy and faith healing, his hard-earned popularity has come at a cost to his reputation, especially in the medical community. Benjamin Mazer, a third-year medical student at the University of Rochester, recently began a public campaign against Dr. Oz. He has requested state and national medical societies to scrutinize Dr. Oz's advice more closely. He told the website Vox, "Dr. Oz has something like 4 million viewers a day. The average physician doesn't see a million patients in their (sic) lifetime. That's why organized medicine should be taking action. Many patients trusted Dr. Oz more than their own family doctors and this conflict hurt the doctor-patient relationship."

(Also reported in: Examiner.com )

Fox News (July 23)

Scientists discover why the Appalachian mountain chain bends

Scientists had known that volcanic rock ran under the chain, but “what we didn’t understand was the size of the structure or its implications for mountain-building processes,” a University of Rochester researcher explains. In a new study in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, she and the other researchers make their case: When the chain was forming 300 million years ago thanks to the collision of tectonic plates, that massive rock wouldn't budge, and the mountain sprang up around it.

(Also reported in: Science Daily )

NPR (July 26)

When Cities Become Science, Where Does Art Fit In?

This week continues the fourth year of a remarkable experiment in public art right here in my adopted hometown of Rochester, New York. Called WALLTHERAPY, it's a week-long celebration of street art and its power to transform urban spaces. Dr. Ian Wilson, a radiologist at the the University of Rochester's Strong Medical Center, is the other founder and co-curator of WALLTHERAPY. He sees the event in personal terms: "It's all about the signal and noise. I grew up in Brooklyn and most of the kids I knew who were heading for trouble had no vision of what was valuable in life, including themselves. Everyday they were getting pounded with information from the city around them. Posters, billboards, you name it. But it was all just noise in terms of making a difference in their lives. When I started this project, I wanted to find a way to get a signal to them that would stand above the noise."

(Also reported in: WXXI News )

Washington Post (July 19)

Babies grasp speech before they utter their first word, a study finds

A new study has found that a key part of the brain involved in forming speech is firing away in babies as they listen to voices around them. This may represent a sort of mental rehearsal leading up to the true milestone that occurs after only a year of life: baby's first words. "They lose the ability because they don't get exposed to those differences, so they unlearn them," said psychologist Richard Aslin, of the University of Rochester, who was not involved in the study. "The process of learning is really unlearning."

PercusScene Australia (July 22)

Michael Burritt: Percussionist Extraordinaire

Internationally recognized percussionist, composer and educator Michael Burritt is currently Professor of Percussion and head of the department at the Eastman School of Music visits Australia this August to participate as artist-in-residence. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, as well as the prestigious Performers Certificate from Eastman.

U.S. News & World Report (July 21)

In the Eye of the Debt Storm

By David Primo Don't be fooled by rosy talk; the long-term budget outlook is still terrible. In its July budget report to Congress, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget praised President Obama for presiding over the “most rapid sustained deficit reduction since World War II.” In its long-term budget outlook submitted to Congress less than a week later, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office was less sanguine, writing, “Between 2009 and 2012, the federal government recorded the largest budget deficits relative to the size of the economy since 1946, causing its debt to soar” to its highest levels as a share of the economy since World War II." Budget experts might be able to reconcile these two claims, but the average American can be forgiven for throwing up his hands and simply ignoring the chatter coming out of Washington. This is exactly what many politicians want, as it makes it far easier to maintain the status quo and avoid difficult choices. With this in mind, here are three simple ways to think about competing budget claims.

Live Science (July 29)

Why Cold-Blooded Critters Don't Need Fur

By Anwesha Ghosh, University of Rochester Animals have evolved to occupy almost all corners of the Earth. To survive, no matter the weather outside, they all need temperature-sensitive bodily reactions to work. This is easy for warm-blooded animals, such as humans, because they have the ability to maintain their body temperature. But cold-blooded animals can’t do that. When the weather changes and the mercury swings one way, their cells get exposed to that change in temperature. Yet cold blooded animals survive just fine. Michael Welte, associate professor of biology at the University of Rochester, may have just discovered how.

(Also reported in: Ars Technica, The Epoch Times )

Huffington Post (July 2)

A Hard Day's Night: From Loophole to Surprise Hit

by John Covach Director of the Institute for Popular Music, University of Rochester The Beatles' first film, A Hard Day's Night, premiered on July 6, 1964 -- some 50 years ago. Because the movie's release came on the heels of the overwhelming success of the Fab Four in the U.S. in the first half of that year, many assume it was rushed into production to capitalize on the Beatlemania stirred up by the band's arrival in the U.S. in early 1964. There are many surprising elements to the story of A Hard Day's Night, however, not the least of which is that the contracts for the movie were signed before The Beatles had any hint of success in America, and that the movie itself was not initially considered the most valuable part of the deal. In fact, the entire project ended up paying off in unexpected ways, and far more richly and extensively than anyone involved in it at the start could have imagined.

New York Magazine (July 24)

The Weaknesses of Online Dating

Matthew Kassel's New York Observer piece about his frustrations with online dating is sad, endearing, and very good. In short, he argues that OKCupid, Tinder, and their ilk encourage an endless series of first dates that don't really go anywhere. His complaint has merit that extends beyond his own experiences: Researchers generally think that online matchmaking algorithms do a poor job of determining who will be a compatible long-term pair. “You really know nothing about a person when you arrange a first date with someone through an online source,” said Harry Reis, a professor of relationship psychology at the University of Rochester. “Imagine if you were to pick names out of the telephone book and go on a first date. How many of those do you think you’d feel a sense of connection with? Probably very, very few.”

WHEC-TV (July 28)

UR Medicine to unveil new neuromedicine ICU

Families with loved ones suffering from with serious brain conditions will have a new treatment option. On Monday, UR Medicine will unveil its new $5.5 million Neuromedicine Intensive Care Unit starting at 10 a.m. The new ICU, which is the first of its kind in the region, will treat patients with brain injuries, chronic seizures, strokes and brain tumors.

WXXI (July 22)

Connections: More on Migraine Headaches

Carlet Cleare guests hosts this hour of "Connections". Our subject is headache, cluster headache, and its evil cousin migraine. When we covered this subject on our show recently, we couldn't get to all the calls and online questions. The director of URMC's Headache Center, Dr. Catherine LaVigne, asked if she could return to the show to address the additional questions, and to focus more on cluster headaches.

The Wall Street Journal (July 21)

Flying School Colors in the C-Suite

Simon Business School at the University of Rochester in New York handed Efrain Rivera and Martin Mucci their M.B.A.s. Mr. Mucci (Class of ’91), now CEO of Paychex Inc., says Simon’s curriculum emphasized quantitative analysis, which is key at Paychex because “numbers are very important for us.”

(Also reported in: Wall Street Journal via Yahoo! Malaysia )

Pacific Standard (July 21)

Celebrating Independence: Scenes From 59 Days Around the World

While national identities are often used to separate people, a husband-and-wife Facebook photography project aims to build connections. As Americans chowed down on hot dogs and watched fireworks light up the sky this summer, a group of men and women in Juba, South Sudan, were also celebrating America’s Independence Day by wearing red, white, and blue. They are part of the 59 Days of Independence Project, a global initiative that invites people of all ages, professions, and nationalities to celebrate the independence days of 59 countries that once gained freedom from British colonization. Heather Layton is a senior lecturer in art at the University of Rochester.

Rochester Business Journal (July 21)

$250M contract with URMC prompts firm's move

Medline Industries Inc.s plans to put a distribution center in Brockport stem from a contract it inked with the University of Rochester Medical Center, Medline officials said Monday. As reported last month by the Rochester Business Journal, Illinois-based Medline plans to relocate a 260,000-square-foot distribution center from Pennsylvania to Brockport. A five-year, $250 million contract to become URMC's prime vendor spurred the relocation.

WHEC TV NBC 10 Rochester (July 29)

New autism study conducted at UR

It is encouraging news for people who are touched by autism. A University of Rochester team studied a brain receptor in mice. Researchers found that mice without the receptor, displayed autistic behaviors. The lead researcher says further studies are needed, but the findings could provide new ways to test drugs for autism. Dr. Louis Papa, from UR Medicine, talked with Lia Lando about how the study was done and what it means for people on the autism spectrum.

(Also reported in: WROC TV )

Rochester Business Journal (July 25)

RBJ 75: A shared vision for the region's No. 1 employer

Much has changed at the University of Rochester in the nine years since it became the region's largest employer. In 2005, UR employed approximately 16,000 people. It now has more than 25,000 staffers. With 399 people added over the past year, the university is not only the Rochester region's largest employer but also one of its fastest-growing. Shepherding the university through this expansion are President Joel Seligman and URMC CEO Bradford Berk M.D., whose organization generates three-quarters of the university's cash flow, employs a similar percentage of its workers and is the regions largest health care provider. In a recent interview with RBJ reporters Will Astor and Nate Dougherty, Seligman and Berk spoke about UR's role as the area's top employer, its linked destiny with the region and how they see that destiny playing out.

Politico.com (June 30)

SCOTUS crowds cheer, jeer ruling

"The court made the wrong decision. They let a lot of people down," said Sara Lewis, a 21-year-old intern with the National Council of Jewish Women. Lewis, a student at the University of Rochester, was quick to point out that faith groups didn't belong only to the pro-Hobby Lobby side: "We're a faith group. We're part of religious coalitions."

Rochester Business Journal (July 24)

There's no question who's No. 1: UR

With 25,773 people on its payroll in the six-county area, the University of Rochester is the region's largest non-profit employer and the No. 1 private-sector employer by a wide margin. UR also added more employees over the last year than any other company on the 2014 RBJ 75.

(Also reported in: WHEC-TV )

WXXI PBS News (July 7)

Connections: Science Roundtable

It's our monthly Science Roundtable. Our panel looks at the science of sound. From using ultrasound to re-engineer tissue, to the new Audio Music Engineering major at the University of Rochester, we're exploring sound through a scientific lens. Guests include: Laurel Carney, U of R professor of biomedical engineering; Mark Bocko, U of R professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering; and Diane Dalecki, U of R professor of biomedical engineering.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (July 25)

UR summer school brings parents on board

When Sy'mira Watson, an 8-year-old at School 33 in Rochester, set out to build a popsicle stick suspension bridge this week at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester, she had a little more guidance than usual. The pair of teachers running the summer learning program were present as usual. But this summer, Horizons at Warner also has added parents to the mix, giving the children more role models, the teachers a different perspective on their charges and the parents an insight into how best to encourage their children's development.

Business Week (July 21)

When Virtual Job Interviews Go Horribly Wrong

Business school career centers have long prepared students for job interviews, but now they have a new platform to contend with. Enough companies now interview for jobs and internships over Skype (MSFT) that career offices have started to train business students in the art of conversing on video chat. Karen Dowd, assistant dean of career management and corporate engagement at University of Rochester’s Simon Graduate School of Business, says one student during a virtual interview last year wore all the right things—but only above the belt. When he had to get up from his chair during the Skype interview, “he was in his boxer shorts,” she says.

WXXI PBS News (July 18)

Connections: Healthy Friday - Medical Marijuana

This hour of "Healthy Friday" is coincides with the public television health series "Second Opinion LIVE!". We discuss the controversial topic of medical marijuana, which just became legal in New York State. With us is Dr. Timothy Quill from the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Time Warner Cable News (July 17)

UR Medical Interns Train Inside a Moving Ambulance

Doctors and paramedics worked side by side Thursday with UR Medical interns at Henrietta Ambulance on Calkins Road in Henrietta, all to give them a sense of what happens before a patient hits the hospital. "We work hand in hand with paramedics and EMTs and firefighters, and understanding what they do in the field is really helpful for us," said Dr. Elizabeth Murray.

(Also reported in: 13WHAM-TV )

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (July 8)

Study: Nurse visits reduce infant deaths

Nurse visits to the homes of first-time mothers in poor neighborhoods greatly reduce infant deaths, according to a new study co-authored by University of Rochester researchers that is being billed as the first of its kind. The nurse visits were conducted through the Nurse-Family Partnership, a national program developed by the University of Rochester and the University of Colorado. Researchers followed 1,138 young mothers over 20 years in Memphis, Tenn., a city with one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country. Most of the women were African-American, unmarried, unemployed and age 18 or younger at the beginning of the study.

(Also reported in: WXXI, Time Warner Cable News )

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (July 13)

‘Biennial’ works are personally inspired

Each summer, the Memorial Art Gallery celebrates regional artists, alternating between juried and invitational exhibits. This summer’s “Biennial” invitational features three powerhouse Rochester-area artists, including Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez, a Henrietta jewelry designer and metal sculptor who is chairman of Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of American Crafts.

(Also reported in: Rochester City Newspaper )

The Wall Street Journal (July 16)

GOP Lawmakers Seek to Amend Bankruptcy Rules for Big Bank Collapses

The Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act, which has yet to be introduced, wouldn't ban federal bailouts for banks. Instead, it would give bankruptcy judges the power to privately transfer a struggling bank's assets to a new, more stable owner in less than 48 hours. The four people who testified Tuesday—lawyers Donald Bernstein of Davis, Polk & Wardwell law firm and Stephen Hessler of Kirkland & Ellis, along with Thomas H. Jackson, a former Harvard law professor now at the University of Rochester, and Stephen Lubben, a law professor at Seton Hall University—said they support the proposal with only slight changes.

Odessa American (July 5)

ESTRICH: The justices and their cellphones

Since the nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court went up in flames back in 1987, every appointee to the court has understood that when asked at confirmation hearings about how your personal experiences might affect your decisions, the right answer is "balls and strikes." Just an umpire, they all say, and even though no one — on the left or the right — believes this to be true, we all understand the necessity of the charade. A new study conducted by professors Maya Sen of the University of Rochester and Adam Glynn of Harvard found that having at least one daughter "corresponds to a 7 percent increase in the proportion of cases in which a judge will vote in a feminist direction."

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (July 15)

Regional council holds open meeting on secret documents

The council, in the process of formulating a 2015 list of priority projects and issuing a report outlining its progress, invited the public to a two-hour session Tuesday at Monroe Community College. The audience numbered more than 100. But the substance of the meeting was declared to be confidential by state Empire State Development Corp. and council officials. Co-chair Joel Seligman said the public would be informed next week after council members had had a chance to absorb the scores given regional businesses and non-profits by a council review committee. "The pressure of the deadlines requires to do this sort of thing," said Seligman, president of the University of Rochester.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (July 9)

State approves East High plan

The New York State Education Department on Wednesday formally approved the Rochester School District's partnership with the University of Rochester for East High School, according to the district. UR's Warner School of Education, in the person of professor and former Canandaigua superintendent Steve Uebbing, will serve as superintendent of the school, using district funds.

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WXXI PBS News (July 11)

Connections: Education Friday - The Future of Libraries

In an age where we Google search everything, libraries are headed to the graveyard, right? Not so! Libraries have adapted to change and are thriving, and we find out how with Nora Dimmock, assistant dean of the River Campus libraries at the University of Rochester.

Rochester City Newspaper (July 9)

JAZZ | Dariusz Terefenko and Alexa Tarantino

If you've ever heard him play, you know that Dariusz Terefenko is an extraordinarily brilliant pianist, recalling Art Tatum. Now we know he also has taste in other musicians. Terefenko, a professor at the Eastman School of Music, has decided to share the stage with recent Eastman graduate, saxophonist Alexa Tarantino.

13WHAM-TV (July 8)

College Town project is on time

College Town, the $100-million project on Mount Hope Avenue in Rochester is on track to be finished by fall. It’s been a work in progress since May 2013 when developers broke ground for the 500,000 square-foot building. “Everything had gone pretty smoothly,” said Project Manager Adam Branscomb of Fairmount Properties.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (July 10)

Games Celebrate Organ Donation, Life

It's been 10 years since O'Mally underwent a heart transplant at Strong Memorial Hospital. As part of marking that milestone, she leaves Friday for Houston, where she'll ride in the Transplant Games of America, a celebration of life and organ donors that also raises awareness for organ donation. "I wanted to highlight this year," O'Mally said. "I realized that the Transplant Games were this year, and I'd never gone. It's a very big event, and I wanted to go and experience other transplant patients going through the same things I've been through."

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (July 25)

Strong West Emergency Department to open in August

Nate Gustke likes to go off-roading in his Jeep Wrangler. He discovered the hard way that he's allergic to bee stings, and he works outside. In short, the 20-year-old is the kind of guy who finds it comforting to have an emergency department nearby. Soon, there will be. On Aug. 4, UR Medicine is scheduled to open Strong West Emergency at 156 West Ave., in the former Lakeside Memorial Hospital. The date is dependent upon some final paperwork from regulators, but UR Medicine officials said the emergency department would be open by the time the fall semester starts at The College at Brockport.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (July 6)

Retiring director of Memorial Art Gallery leaves lasting impression

Grant Holcomb knew it the moment poet and former National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia stood up to receive an ovation at the Memorial Art Gallery last fall. The MAG's centennial had consumed Holcomb, the gallery's director since 1985, for more than a year and Gioia's talk was the last in a series of commemorative events. Memorial Art Gallery officials plan to make an announcement Monday at 3 p.m. about the future director of the gallery.

(Also reported in: WXXI )

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (July 6)

UR tests app for donating excess space on cellphones

If you want to lend extra space on your hand-held device for research, you could be a candidate for a project to make your cellphone an extension of a pharmaceutical lab. University of Rochester researchers are testing a computer application, called the Green Energy Mobile Cloud, which is part of the emerging field of volunteer computing.

Rochester Business Journal (June 27)

Meliora sets UR record

The University of Rochester just completed the best fundraising year in its history, pulling in $118 million through June 19 to put the university within reach of its $1.2 billion capital campaign goal. UR president Joel Seligman noted the milestone in an address this week, calling the year a success on many fronts. The strong fundraising year now puts UR at $1.09 billion for the Meliora Campaign, 91.1 percent of the goal, Seligman said.

WHEC-TV (July 28)

Summer science campers to study local water quality

A day at the beach will take on a whole new meaning for some local children today. Thirty city school students from Rochester’s NEAD Freedom School will head to Ontario Beach Park this afternoon to investigate and test the water quality there. The samples that the campers collect will be tested at the University of Rochester. At the end of the week-long camp, the kids will share their findings with the community.

WXXI (July 2)

Connections: What To Do About Unaccompanied Minors from Central America

Exploring how to deal with unaccompanied minors from Central America. Our guests for the hour include: Director of the Greater Rochester Coalition for Immigration Justice John Lory Ghertner, University of Rochester Associate Professor of Anthropology Daniel Reichman, and from Fronteras: The Changing America Desk, reporter Jude Joffe-Block.

Rochester City Newspaper (July 2)

JAZZ | Rich Thompson

Drummer Rich Thompson has toured with the Count Basie Orchestra and played with greats like Clark Terry, Marian McPartland, Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie and Bobby McFerrin. As Associate Professor at the Eastman School of Music, he teaches percussion and directs the Jazz Lab Ensemble. If the past is any indication Thompson will be joined by a variety of Rochester's best jazz musicians when he takes the stage at Kilbourn Hall. Rich Thompson performs Tuesday, July 8, at Kilbourn Hall.

Brighton Pittsford Post (July 17)

Thompson Health receives national award for patient-centered care

UR Medicine’s Thompson Health has received a national award for its handling of patient care that follows the model called “medical homes.” The National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition applies to Thompson’s five original family practice sites. They are in the Ontario County communities of Canandaigua, Honeoye, Lima, Shortsville and Victor.

City Newspaper (July 2)

UR gets START-UP NY approval for Eastman Business Park buildings, tech incubator

Three buildings with links to the University of Rochester are now part of a state program, START-UP NY, that will essentially turn the buildings into tax-free zones. The UR's application for inclusion was approved by the program's board yesterday.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (July 2)

Eastman Business Park, UR incubator get tax-free zones

Two unoccupied buildings at Rochester's sprawling Eastman Business Park Tuesday were declared eligible for inclusion in the state's tax-free STARTUP-NY program, which links universities and colleges to business growth. According to UR officials, the university submitted the largest proposal, totaling 106,000 square feet. The two buildings at EBP comprise 63,000 square feet of that. 73 prospective businesses interested in the tax relief packages have approached UR about renting space at the business park or Lennox Tech.

(Also reported in: WXXI News, Albany Times Union, Syracuse Post Standard )